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♪ ♪ and they're the same price ashe leading bag chips. 100 crisps... 100 ways. ♪ everything pops with pringles. > >> it's sunday march 18th. a fox news alert. the japanese government confirms a nuclear meltdown is possibly underway and now they say more nuclear reactors of failing this as 200,000 people are evacuated from the area. >> and the devastation only getting worse as the death toll continues to rise. new reports say there are a number of people killed could top 10,000. >> plus, the quake was so
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powerful it literally moved the island of japan eight feet and even shifted earth on its axis. complete coverage of the devastation starts right now on this fox news sunday. >> alisyn: good morning, thank you for joining us bright and early. wish there were better news in terms of japan. more of sam as yesterday you perhaps watched live on our air, there was an explosion on one of the main nuclear plants in japan, there was fire, there was smoke, we were watching all morning and now it looks as though they're trying to prevent a meltdown, but some officials are saying they have not been able to prevent a meltdown. >> we've got reports as many as six reactors may be under trouble and may be a partial meltdown underway according to one official. there's another fukushima plant other than the one we were reporting and they're
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pumping sea water in and trying to cooldown the cores, but this is a last ditch effort. >> millions of people without power and death toll could top 10,000 and clearly no good news out of japan. and with analysis on the nuclear situation, jack spencer, a research fellow of nuclear energy policy at the heritage foundation. good morning, jack. >> good morning. >> dave: what do you make of the news, six reactors could have failure and how dire the situation. >> the serious and dire comes with the ability of those reactors. i think when we look at what's going on there we need to give a process, understand this a meltdown can occur, a partial meltdown can occur without it threatening public health and safety and what we see happening here, japanese officials facing a series of very challenging events and
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main tanning the integrity of the reactors. one thing to remember, each hour that goes by there's less than less of it. using the salt water, using all the tools they have at their disposal, they're maintaining the integrity of the cores, i mean shall the one yesterday literally, a reactor building exploded and had no impact on either the core or the containment building. that really demonstrates the robustness, the inherent robustness of the nuclear power. >> and sort of walk back and tell us the things that the japanese officials did they were talking about the potential of a second plant explosion and the measured response a meltdown, it sounds horrible, it sounds earth shattering. but you're sounding as if it's
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probably not as big a concern. >> it's a big concern if you're the owner of the power plant, you're not going to work anymore, look, i'm not trying to downplay what's possible. we need to not only think what's possible, but what's likely. what i'm he suggesting, what's likely here, if there is some meltdown and what a meltdown is when the heat pressure builds up inside the reactor that the nuclear fuel starts to literally melt down. it's not a meltdown where you have a-- rather at some point in the process some portion, a small portion of that fuel was exposed to the outside of the water, outside of the core, and then that began to break down. that's what we're beginning to see and i think might be what's being termed as a partial meltdown. with all that said we don't know yet. we have incomplete data set. we just don't know, but from
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what i see, no steam releases, the salt water being used, bringing in the diesel generators, having new batteries installed. these are all things that point to the japanese officials actually maintaining some control over the situation and what i think is going to happen is that over the next few days this is going to be brought to be stabilized and i think they've largely stabilized and could be questions between now and then, but that it will come to a conclusion that once again, no one will be harmed as a result of a problem at a nuclear power plant. >> you mentioned they're using now salt water in an effort to cooldown these reactors. does that mean that after this, the reactors are no longer be viable, does the salt water ruin them. >> it certainly means they will be very difficult to be brought back online. i sort of think though they were kind of to that point anyway. once you start having the
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problems with the fuel, once you get any sort of disintegration of the fuel, you start to have problems there with the integrity-- the long-term integrity of the reactor and the first reactor was an old one to begin with. >> how big of a setback to the nuclear program? >> depending how the public views this. i think japanese needs -- they don't have a whole lot of natural resources and nuclear power is a great one. you have nuclear power where not only can no one be harmed as a result of an accident at a nuclear accident. they're not allowed to have accidents. and we he see accidents in all sort of different industrial operations and that's just, by the way -- anyway i think that assuming this is stabilized, brought to a conclusion that protect public health and safety. there will be a period they'll assess what happened and nuclear power will go on. >> and we appreciate your
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thoughts here, your analysis this morning, thanks so much for joining us and providing that. >> and hopefully-- >> thanks for standing by throughout the four hour program, i'm sure you're going to need your expertise again. >> get comfortable, jack. >> dave: the future of this country hangs in the balance in the next couple of days depending how it's handled. one thing he we didn't get into, even if there's a meltdown, it wouldn't be on the level of hiroshima -- of chernobyl even if a full meltdown occurred. >> and scale down the panic. >> and tested positive for radiation-- >> 160 people. >> clayton: meanwhile, continues about the aftershocks and that plant was only tested at 7.9 magnitude earthquake and we know that the earthquake that hit was 8.9 magnitude and then the
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aftershocks, last night one height off the coast tokoyo and a lot of concern about the rescue crews in the area and aftershocks are occurring in the buildings. >> alisyn: they say more than 275 aftershocks after the initial earthquake. can you imagine after the first one. >> dave: five of them are stronger than 6 magnitude. the good news is countries all over the world are offering to help. more than 70 countries worldwide offered assistance, including, i think, perhaps most interestingly, china. they have put aside some of their disagreements, some of their issues and they are coming to the the aid of the japanese people and offered money and relief and of course, the united states as you might expect the u.s. navy will stay a key role in our aid there. >> the u.s.s. blue ridge is on its way and will arrive march
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18th. the u.s. nimitz fleet is mobilized and already the u.s. is offering food and supplies. meanwhile, interesting news from a geological statement and look at the maps of the world and tectonic plates and everything shifts on a normal basis. yesterday after this earthquake, japan has moved eight feet, eight feet, the whole country moved eight feet, which is remarkable. you remember after the chile earthquake as well we had-- there were talk about the earth axis having shifted and we added a few seconds to the clock as a result. >> dave: that's right. >> clayton: or points of seconds to the clock. >> dave: we spring forward today an hour, but this thing actually shifted the rotation and made our earth's rotation faster. it's amazing to think how powerful an incident we're talking about. seasons, likely affected as you can see there on the
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graphic. massive changes. >> alisyn: no wonder i'm feeling a little off today. >> dave: that's the hour of sleep. >> alisyn: maybe that's it. but the redistribution of the earth's mass, okay, there was a redistribution of the mass because of this earthquake. and it caused the rotation of our planet to increase speed by 1.6 microseconds. >> clayton: take a look at this. ali. a before and after picture of the fukushima nuclear plant. before the earthquake, throw that up on the screen and after, when it shifted and actually moved. >> alisyn: wow. >> clayton: it's --. >> dave: it's hard to make a whole lot out of that. maybe, maybe from the airport and as we do, bring in the chief meteorologist who makes a career out of studying something like this and bring us context on that. >> that's not uncommon. that's kind of how it happens. the chilean earthquake last
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year, 8.8 earthquake, that set sped up the earth's rotation, 1.2 microseconds, a millionth of a second, put it into perspective, a millionth of a second. >> alisyn: i feel it. >> grogry. i think that's the clock changing. and the earthquake in 2004, 9.1, and gives you that much more powerful of an earthquake certainly changes as well. not uncommon, that's exactly what this is, the earth shifting by about eight feet, japan, and amazed they're able to get that information that quickly and as you've been reporting this morning. upgraded to 9.0, not 8.9. >> clayton: why the change? yesterday morning we were going on the air there were some reports it was reached 9.1. but all sort of official reports still had it at 8.9. why the change. >> yeah, initially when it
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occurred they said 7.9. they get better readings, about thor readings as they go back and study this quake with a little bit of time afterwards and now saying 9.0, a stronger earthquake. quickly, guys just to talk about the weather the next couple of days, if you're waking up today on monday and then turn to cool things down rain tuesday, and cooler on wednesday, wednesday night maybe snow showers and that's all the way down across the sendai area at sea level and winds today at least right now are a little more out of the west and any kind of radiation, that's good news here, that pulls it out to sea and certainly away from any of the affected areas of the population as well. back to you. >> thanks, rick. >> alisyn: more news to tell you about. let' get the rest of your headlines. this is the news alert. learning that three american hikers in iran will face a second court hearing on may 11 he. josh fatle, sarah shourd and
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they were arrested for allegedly entering the country illegally. the iranian court held a closed door trial for the three and shourd did not appear in court . a step closer to a no-fly zone over libya. this as moammar gadhafi's forces push the anti-government rebels. they've pushed past -- and state tv, a major oil terminal. in cairo says the and the u.s. security council, the no-fly zone. and the driver of the horribly mangled tour bus is under investigation after yesterday's tragic fatal crash on i-95 this u.s. bronx
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borough. 14 people died and eight others suffered serious injuries after the bus flipped over and slammed into a pole. he claims he lost control trying to avoid a swerving tractor-trailer, but police may have been speeding before the accident. and headed to new york from the mohegan sun. while you were sleeping, a roadside bomb killed four civilians driving in southern afghanistan. it hand to kandahar province. afghan police are now investigating and we will keep you updated with new information as that becomes available. and at what pount in mexico, this is veronica perez rodriguez. she was visiting her mother on the border he of cuidad juarez, men reportedly grabbed her while she was walking to her cars. a female friend says she's now safe and recovering and it may
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have been an express kidnapping which usually involves cash. those are the headlines. >> clayton: a lot of other news this morning, continuing what happened in wisconsin even though the governor passed the collective bargaining stripping bill, that doesn't stop the protests from happening yesterday and the largest protest yet even though the bill is already passed took to the capitol building in wisconsin saying we want this he repealed and fight for it in a lawsuit form come this next actually wednesday. >> dave: check out the crowd, some say upwards of 100,000 people. why are tractors there? well, farmers were actually heros in this protest. there were 30 tractors, all part of this homecoming for the 14 democratic state senators who have gone since legislation was proposed to strip collective bargaining from state union employees.
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here is what the protesters had to say about the the crowds, about the movement and the fight they say is far from over. >> great, amazing, and it's wonderful. very impressive, much bigger than when i was here a couple weeks ago. >> it's amazing, especially when we were supposed to have been kicked down and put in our place. >> well, it's interesting, just by the governor signing the bill into law, that did not equity any of their feelings to protest. in fact, they say they feel only more energized as a result of him taking this measure, they're going to redouble their efforts to do a couple of things, recall petitions at the governor. >> that's the big one. >> they say this is like a big victory for democrats in many ways, now it gives them the lightning rod emergency they need to go after and put all the recall petitions out there. trying to get governor walker recalled. >> dave: there are plenty, there are eight republicans they're trying to recall and
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also eight democrats that the republicans are trying to recall. so this goes both ways and when you look at the efforts here, i think the strangest thing about the crowd, not the 30 tractors and farmers treated as heroes, but the 14 democratic state senators who again, instead of saying in the state capital and debating this issue and doing their job and trying to, you know, legislate and debate, they flee, they left to illinois and now they come back and they're label the fighting 14, the fab 14. and people said, welcome home. thank you. treated them as heroes on saturday. >> clayton: the and the signs. >> dave: strange. >> clayton: and the signs that say 14 on them and of course there are republicans who are furious these guys fled the state saying these guys were cowards and they're welcomed back as heroes, ridiculous to them. >> alisyn: of course, and to us outside of the state it seems like why would they be stay and legislate. their job. their argument they wanted to
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slow down the process and thought the republicans were running rough shod over people's rights and the only way to slow down. they did slow down, but not ultimately derailing it, to leave and not be a part of it. obviously a procedural slight of hand. they do things like this, but moving across the state lines is a little more extreme of a procedure procedural move. >> clayton: and next hour scott fitzgerald will tell about the death threats republicans received and where it goes from here. and mitt romn-- says that mitt romney should be proud of his massachusetts health care. >> and people tropical depression trapped on a highway. >> clayton: social media trapped on the ground in japan and images out to the world like these. we'll bring you more of these incredible pictures.
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>> couple of quick headlines. a stan in oklahoma, 54 were destroyed. it may be arson.
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more than 800 people stranded on the highway in north dakota during a blizzard. 500 vehicles were abandoned and stranded motorists taken to schools, churches and bars to wait out the storm. how about that. >> dave: thank you. an unlikely source saying mitt romney, quote, ought to be proud of what he did with in massachusetts. >> i think it's been a great boon, 98% of the people are insured out there, people in the state like it and he ought to be proud of it and embrace it. >> quite seriously was a template-- >> this is a political ploy against a likely republican candidate. here to weigh in, eric and you both set your clocks forward. nice work, ryan, start with you, just a hunch, it's not exactly a compliment. is it a strategy for 2012? >> oh, yeah, it's definitely a
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strategy for 2012 because the president wants to distract the american people from his abysmal record and try to cause a food fight within the republican primary. he knows that tim pawlenty has been critical of mitt romney of massachusetts and the most important thing democrats want to see is republican fighting and will distract from the president's record. >> and they've mentioned romney care on several occasions less than two weeks ago, saying i agree with r romney, and said what he accomplished it in massachusetts. and it's not-- there has not been over welcoming success and mitt romney says, it's different. they have the right to do that, the federal government does not. so those are different, right? >> well, actually people do like the law in massachusetts. the majority of people do in fact like the law a here is
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what's different about what axle rod said. what he said is not so much politics as it is truth. it does insure 98% of the people. it is in fact a template for the national law and former governor mitt romney from massachusetts said himself that it's a popular law in his own state. so,these things are all true. >> dave: and it has busted the budget there in massachusetts as well, brian. she has a point, these are very similar plans, aren't they, from the individual mandates, the affordability subsidies, regulating insurance market? i mean, these, it was modeled after romney care. >> there are two big differences, first of all the american people widely rejected obama care. the poll numbers reported they didn't like it before it was passed and after it was signed into law. you're talking about a plan up popular on the front end and the federal government does not have the power to do this. states may have the power,
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states have the police power, many powers that the federal government does not have, but the federal government does not have the power of the taxing clause and commerce clause to force all americans to purchase health care and we'll see that play out in federal courts and may be debated up to the u.s. supreme court. >> dave: that's the one thing that mitt romney needs the people to believe, that the states have the right and the federal government is overreaching. will that satisfy, specifically the tea party folks when it comes to the primary in 2012. >> i think you're right on target. mitt romney is going to have a tough time selling this to the conservative party, the base of the party they don't, the conservative base does not like this plan and mitt romney also used to be pro choice. form governor of massachusetts of all places and those things don't play out well within the conservative base of the party. with respect to the health care law, the national law, i think the i'm going to have to
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part company with my colleagues, whether or not it's legal to get congress to get involved. i think that we've seen this court decision to date. there's an edge on the part that it does-- it is okay. >> dave: well, it's an interesting strategy and the president is keeping his friends close and enemies closer and same thing with john huntsman, he's a good friend of mine, trying to turn conservatives against him to the primary. sarah and brian, thanks for being here bright and early this morning. >> thanks for having me. >> turning to a frightening experience, when the restaurant floated away with the diners inside. how the dinner belle turned into a cry for help. >> alisyn: oh, boy, only getting worse in japan today. millions are now without food or water, as the race to find survivors intensifies. here is the latest on the recovery effort this morning, live from japan. we wiped the slate clean. then we created a powerful, refined and aerodynamic design destined to shape our future.
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